Should regional parties be barred from national level elections ?

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  1. parijataka

    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

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    My question to all is - are regional parties that represent specific groups capable of taking care of national interests ? This includes parties such as Telugu Desam Party , Dravidian parties, Samajwadi Party (socialist in name but mainly has support of Yadavs and Muslims of Uttar Pradesh and not even of other states such as Muslims of Kerala for example), IUML (Muslims of Kerala), Trinamool Congress (revolves around Mamata Banerji), RJD , JD(S), JD(U), etc.

    When Lalu Prasad was Railways Minister all new trains led to Bihar and Patna, similarly when Mamata Banerji was Railways Minister disproportionate number of railway projects were announced for Bengal. Parties that have a support base spread across more states will be forced to take care of their interests in different states in a more balanced manner.

    With the spectre of Third Front, Fourth Front, Federal Front etc looming ahead in 2014 should we have a ban on regional parties standing for national elections ? Can anyone imagine a Lalu Prasad or Mulayam Singh as Prime Minister and Raju Bhaiya as Defence Minister ....
    [This was not meant in any way to be a slight on any region or state] Could we have a system by which say main parties such as Congress, BJP and Communists are allowed to contest in Lok sabha elections as well as any other parties that have a national presence and do not represent particular caste/religion/linguistic groups.
     
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    nitesh Mob Control Manager Stars and Ambassadors

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    May be we should innovate here too, all regional parties allowed for state elections, but only two allowed to take part in national, who have presence in more then half of country, and represent more then 20% vote from every state they are present.
     
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    The problem is, that would prevent any new alternative from coming up to challenge the Congress and BJP. Tomorrow, if I am dissatisfied with the policies of both parties and I want to start a party of my own with an exclusive economic focus - I will never be able to grow if this rule is implemented.

    Essentially, this is like stamping a two-party system of Congress and BJP, for eternity.
     
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    nitesh Mob Control Manager Stars and Ambassadors

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    We can have periodic review of the votes of every party, the top two parties will fight in national election, who fit the criteria
     
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    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    Hell yeah......
     
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    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

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    No, no - I wrote Cong, BJP, Communist parties [they have multi state presence] and any other parties that shows it can muster support across more than 1-2 states. And there should be a condition that the prty does not represent just linguistic/caste/religion etc group.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Then independents should also not be allowed to participate in elections.
     
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    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

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    Some issues are -
    a)we have had in the past n number of parties gang up after elections just to form a government with no common ideology and pulling in different directions and each wanting plum ministries for itself.
    b) parliamentary democracy is party based and the largest party forms the government unlike say US where the head of state is elected by the people.
    c) independents do get elected but generally they will support some party.

    I am not implying Cong or BJP or communist parties will be better than other political parties, I am saying a party with national presence will be forced to take care of their voters spread across states in a fairer manner.
     
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    KS Bye bye DFI Veteran Member

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    U mad bro ?

    In India every party goes after some group..if you ban all of them, who will you vote for..?

    In a country with as much diversity as India that is a recipe for disaster..we are not US.
     
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    Yes all mushroom parties need to be barred and there will be only 2 parties.. and totally barred the criminals, industrialist and gawar people to save the country...
     
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    i think post poll alliance should not be allowed and also party must be forced to name one leader who would become head rulling party in post election parliament
     
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    anoop_mig25 Senior Member Senior Member

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    does american primaries types election should be held in indian ??
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    The points are valid and rational.

    However,India is a complicated country with a wide ranging composition and interest groups.


    That apart, Bangladeshis have poured in and none cares.

    They came into Bombay and the SS kicked up a row and India responded!

    So, is the NE less important than Bombay?

    Hence, this gives rise to local interests for their own safeguarding!
    If one honestly looks at governance, none can deny that the NE is 'out of sight, out of mind'!
     
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    Would be nice..but not possible...
     
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    KS Bye bye DFI Veteran Member

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    Are you suggesting a blanket ban on political parties in India. ?
     
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    KS Bye bye DFI Veteran Member

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    I suggest a decade of enlightened dictatorship under Dr.Kalam. No nauseating democracy..
     
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    Only BJP and INC should have the right to contest national elections.
     
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    two party system will never work for india...we are united today because we have multiple party system....what we should have is more and more autonomy to states(considering national interests of course)
     

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